Seven bodies have been removed from a New Zealand paddock where a hot air balloon crashed in flames on Saturday, killing all 11 on board.
Four bodies remain at the charred scene of the Wairarapa crash, which was the worst aviation disaster on NZ soil since 1963.
The bodies have been taken to Wellington, where a disaster identification team is to examine them.
Police yesterday released the names of those killed in the tragedy and, along with air accident investigators, continue their painstaking work at the crash scene - a paddock in Somerset Road.
Those killed were the balloon's pilot Lance Hopping, 53, Wellington couple Howard and Diana Cox, aged 71 and 63, Masterton couple Desmond and Ann Dean, aged 65 and 70, cousins Valerie Bennett, 70, of Masterton, and Denise Dellabarca, 58, of Paraparaumu, Lower Hutt couple Stephen Hopkirk, 50, and Belinda Harter, 49 and Wellington-based nursing students Alexis Still, 19, and boyfriend Chrisjan Jordaan, 21.
The dawn Early Morning Balloons flight left Kent St, Carteron, about 6.45am (4.45am AEDT), drifting over the small town before becoming tangled in powerlines as it began to descend about 7.20am.
Moments later the balloon's basket caught fire and the balloon was propelled high into the air before crashing to earth.
Witnesses described the balloon as "a rocket in reverse".
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission vowed yesterday to "leave no stone unturned" to uncover what caused the horrific crash.
While the balloon wreckage would be removed in the coming days, the inquiry could take up to a year to complete, TAIC spokesman Peter Northcote said.